What happens after death?..where does the dead go?
When you die, at the same time you will see the angels of God standing at your side, to take you to the place you deserve, Now if you are holy (that is, when you were here on earth lived in Christ, and separated yourself from evil) then the angels will take you with the rejoicing song and bring you to a place called Paradise, Luke 23:43).
The Lord Jesus used the parable of Lazarus to describe the true picture of what happens to the saints immediately after death.
Luke 16:22 “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried”.
Abraham’s bosom is a paradise in other language, it is a beautiful place, it is half heaven, but not heaven. Paradise is only a temporary place where the saints are kept waiting for the day of rapture,. And when the day of rapture reaches… they return to the tombs to take over their bodies, and together they are united with the saints who will be alive then, and together be given bodies of glory to go to meet the Lord Jesus in the clouds, and the heavenly journey will begin, they will go to heaven to feast with the Lamb in Heaven.. there we shall see our God face to face.
But on the other hand, what happens after the death to a sinner?.
If he/she died as a drunkard, or an adulterer, or a murderer, or a blasphemer, that is, in fact, out of Christ, then the angels whom God prepared for the task of separating the wheat and the tares (the wicked and the good) will do their work.
Matthew 13:49 “So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth”.
Remember when the Bible says the end of the world means the end of two kinds, the first kind is when a person dies, to him/her is their end of the world.. as well as the day of judgment when the whole world will be judged is also called the end of the world, both angels will do the work.
So if a person who is wicked dies, without loss of time, he will be taken by these angels to a place called Hell/JEHANUM, and hell is a very different place to the Lake of Fire, hell is like a prisoner, the wicked are temporarily saved, awaiting the final judgment, and then they will be thrown into the lake of fire on the last day.
Now that is the place of suffering, where the rich man of Lazarus was sent
Luke 16:22 “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead”.
This rich man will keep staying there suffering while waiting for the resurrection that will come soon after the 1000-year reign ends, and then he will stand before the judgment seat of the lamb and be judged for all his sins, and then cast into that the lake of fire in a place where there is a fiery torment of unquenchable fire … And afterwards his story will be over (Revelation 20: 11-15)
So don’t be fooled that after death there will be a second chance, no! brother! bible is very clear in Hebrews 9:27 ” And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”.
How do you prepare yourself if the death suddenly comes upon you?. Are you sure to hear the beautiful voices of angels singing triumphant songs as they lift you up and take you to paradise where other saints are there or see them coming in a fierce anger to drag you to hell? The answer lies in your heart
And sometimes these angels appear to people even before they are alive, though not always, and that is why they will see them shortly before they die, some very peaceful, some smiling, some saying they see angels around them talking to them, etc. if you see someone dies that way peacefully, probably their future is well, but then others will also see it before they die shortly, they become very depressed, or suffer, some die looking like they have been hanged, or have been killed, etc. Know that these angels are angry and take them to hell.
Therefore what happens after death? separation!
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